What's Taught in Schools?

Human Trafficking

Florida law states that every public school must provide students in grades K-12 with child trafficking prevention instruction. 
Human trafficking education is provided in Hillsborough County Public Schools in the following courses:

  • Elementary 

    • K-5th Grade Physical Education

  • Middle 

    • 6th-8th Grade Physical Education

  • High 

    • 9th Grade Health Opportunities Through Physical Education (HOPE) 

    • 10th-12th Grade Social Studies

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Mental Health

Florida law states that every public school must provide students in grades 6-12 at least 5 hours of mental health instruction.  The instruction must include:

  • Awareness of signs and symptoms

  • Process for getting or seeking help for themselves or others

  • Awareness of resources

  • What to do or say to peers struggling with mental health disorders

Mental health education is provided in Hillsborough County Public Schools in the following courses:

  • Middle 

    • 6th-8th Grade English Language Arts

    • 6th-8th Grade Physical Education

  • High 

    • 9th Grade Health Opportunities Through Physical Education (HOPE) 

    • 9th-12th Grade English Language Arts

Sexual Health Education

Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Comprehensive Health Education policy is aligned with all state statutes and can be found here.

Sexual health education may be provided in Hillsborough County Public Schools in the following courses:

  • Middle

    • 7th Grade Science

    • 8th Grade Physical Education 

  • High

    • 9th Grade Health Opportunities Through Physical Education (HOPE)

An opt-out form is sent home by the teacher at least 14 days prior to sexual health instruction.  If a parent does not want their student to participate in sexual health education, they can sign the form and send it back to the teacher.  In this instance, the student would not be penalized, but would be pulled from the class during the instruction and given an alternate assignment.  

Parents can learn more about the opt-out process and review the curriculum by visiting www.hillsboroughschools.org, scrolling down to the bottom of the page and click on "Reproductive Health and Disease Education" (see photo below).  You will then see the process for opting out, a FAQ, and how to access the curriculum.

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What Works
Learn more about what has been found effective at preventing HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancy among adolescents:

Substance Use & Abuse

Florida law states that every public school must provide students in grades K-12 with substance use and abuse health education.  

Substance use education is provided in Hillsborough County Public Schools in the following courses:​

  • Elementary 

    • K-5th Grade Physical Education

  • Middle 

    • 6th-8th Grade Physical Education

    • 6th-8th Grade English Language Arts 

  • High 

    • 9th Grade Health Opportunities Through Physical Education (HOPE) 

    • 9th-12th Grade English Language Arts